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'Warmly observed, richly detailed, and often bold and exciting, Schami's fine portrait of life in Damascus, Syria, in the middle of the 20th century is filled with a compelling set of characters. Noura is a Muslim girl who looks like Audrey Hepburn. Rami Arabi, her father, a noted sheikh, is frustrated that those who attend his mosque 'treat God like a waiter in a restaurant.' Salman is a Christian boy, hated by his drunkard father and devoted to his dog, and to Noura. Nasri Abbani is a wealthy man from an important family, but also a hopeless playboy, his business kept afloat only because of his clever clerk, Tawfiq. When Nasri sets foot in the studio of Hamid Farsi, the leading calligrapher in all of Syria, tragic and wondrous events are set in motion that will affect all in the most emphatic ways. Schami, born in Damascus, is one of Germany's most respected writers, bridging Arab and Western culture with his exquisite storytelling. A novel to be savored.' (Publishers Weekly 20101025)

The background to this bold and political novel is cosmopolitan: Jews, Armenians, Arabs and Iranians live cheek by jowl in Schami's Damascus. Finely rendered into English by Anthea Bell, The Calligrapher's Secret is a celebration of diversity. Rightly so; after all, as Serani, Farsi's old master points out: 'the Quran was revealed in Mecca and Medina, recorded in Baghdad, recited in Egypt, but written most beautifully of all in Istanbul. (André Naffis-Sahely Times Literary Supplement 20111207)

'Suspensful, spectacular, and searing are not adjectives one would use to describe The Calligrapher’s Secret. Intriguing, intelligent, and multifaceted are far more accurate to convey what readers can expect from this well written story about love, art, family and Syrian culture.' (New York Journal of Books 20111101)

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Praise for Schami's The Dark Side of Love: 'At last, the Great Arab Novel - appearing without ifs, buts, equivocations, metaphorical camouflage or hidden meanings. Schami's book is exceptional' (The Independent )

Praise for Schami's The Dark Side of Love '...Rafik Schami exploits all the resources of the classic realist novel and then goes a little further... reading the book is always compulsive.The Dark Side of Love illumines almost every side of love, as well as fear, longing, cruelty and lust..' (The Guardian )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1265 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing (15 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YE6A966
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #788,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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